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Gels 2016, 2(1), 8; doi:10.3390/gels2010008

Stimuli-Responsive Assemblies for Sensing Applications

Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G2, Canada
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Received: 9 December 2015 / Revised: 27 January 2016 / Accepted: 1 February 2016 / Published: 16 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stimuli-Responsive Gels)
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Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAm)-based hydrogels and hydrogel particles (microgels) have been extensively studied since their discovery a number of decades ago. While their utility seems to have no limit, this feature article is focused on their development and application for sensing small molecules, macromolecules, and biomolecules. We highlight hydrogel/microgel-based photonic materials that have order in one, two, or three dimensions, which exhibit optical properties that depend on the presence and concentration of various analytes. A particular focus is put on one-dimensional materials developed in the Serpe Group. View Full-Text
Keywords: stimuli-responsive polymers; photonic materials; poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)-based microgels; etalons; optical sensing stimuli-responsive polymers; photonic materials; poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)-based microgels; etalons; optical sensing
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Li, X.; Gao, Y.; Serpe, M.J. Stimuli-Responsive Assemblies for Sensing Applications. Gels 2016, 2, 8.

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